Our Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern can’t wait for their side to get going this season as they are hopeful of a trophy winning campaign.
Which trophy that is, exactly, remains to be seen but that surely has to be the aim of Jurgen Klopp now as he aims to be the next iconic winner at the club.
For sure, then, he’ll be looking for his players to compete week in, week out, with the very best in the league and Ragnar Klavan has recently been talking about the best players he has faced in the Premier League.
Naturally, with him being a centre-back, the focus was on opposing strikers but instead of saying that the likes of Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane were the toughest he’d come up against, he went for Peter Crouch.
Indeed, speaking to the Liverpool Echo he revealed the rather surprising selection by saying:
“I’d say Peter Crouch [is the toughest player I’ve faced.] That was the biggest surprise. Really! He was good.”
A fairly left-field selection given Crouch didn’t score many goals last season but, when you consider the height and on the ball ability of the man, you might just be able to understand it more.
Certainly, this is a surprising reveal from Klavan but one you can understand in many ways.
Whilst the likes of Aguero and Kane score more and are better players, they are fairly typical strikers in terms of physicality and movement.
Crouch, meanwhile, is a completely different kettle of fish and something Klavan may never have experienced before in his career – making his choice seem sensible.
Thoughts, Reds? Let us know below!